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Sep 22, 2013, 09:56 IST | Sameer Mitha

Xolo Q1000S is an attractive quad-core Android smartphone with a good display

A slim and attractive black matte finish with a metal body is the first thing that will wow you when you look at the Xolo Q1000S. It has a unibody design, which means that you don’t have access to the battery. The right of the smartphone has a SIM card tray, which is a little difficult to remove. The left houses the volume rocker and the power button. Ergonomically we are used to seeing the power button on right and this might take some getting used to. Overall, the build of the smartphone is good.

The Xolo Q1000S runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. It has the ability to update OTA (Over The Air), a feature we miss in most budget smartphones.

The phone comes preloaded with a few apps that we have seen on other Xolo devices such as the Xolo Secure and the Xolo Power app. As the name suggests, Xolo Secure is a security app that helps you keep your data safe. The Xolo Power app, on the other hand, gives you information about the battery consumption and gives you access to a bunch of settings to improve the battery life.

The display of the Q1000S smartphone is good. It isn’t as vibrant as the Lemon A4 or the Wammy Passion Z Plus but it is great for consuming content nonetheless. The display has wide viewing angles and the reproduction of colours is crisp. Reading text, watching movies, playing games or just navigating the device is fun. There is no lag at all while navigating the smartphone or using it for multitasking. AVI and MP4 files ran smoothly on the Q1000S but in the case of MKV, the video played but the audio didn’t.

The camera on Q1000S is 13MP. In well-lit conditions, especially outdoors, the camera performed well. In low-lit situations, too, the camera performance was acceptable. However, there was loss of detail in the images. Gaming on the smartphone is plagued by the same problems that we saw on the other MediaTek powered smartphones. Real Racing 3 still refused to run but other games we played on the smartphone such as Angry Birds, Temple Run and
Dead Trigger worked just fine. The smartphone has enough juice to run through one day of average use.

If a removable battery and expandable storage is a requirement, you can consider competing devices. If you don’t mind being limited to 16GB storage, and want a good-looking phone, then the Q1000S can be on your wish list.

Processor: Quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T processor
Display: 5.0-inch IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
Battery: 2500mAh
OS: Android 4.2
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Camera: 13.0MP rear camera and 5MP video call camera
In-Built  Memory: 16GB
Price: Rs 18,999

>> Metallic build
>> No preloaded bloatware
>> Smooth interface

>> The power button is flimsy and it’s a bit of a pain to remove the SIM card tray
>> Display lacks vibrancy
>> Earpiece output could have been better 

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